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July 8th, 2018:

OBA Singles Quarter Finals Report

The final quarter final of the week was the singles at Kidlington Bowls Club.

The first game was Headington’s Ray Gaskins against Witney Mills’ Paul Robbins. Gaskins got off to a commanding start with a 14 shot to nil start after just 7 ends. Robbins got on the board with a 2-shot count before Gaskins got up to 17-2 in the following 2 ends. Robbins fought back over the next 6 ends to take the board to 19-9. Gaskins scored the 2 shots he needed over the next three ends to win 21-10 and the first semi-finalist. Gaskins is the only holder left of the competition that he won last year.

The next game was between Headington’s Ian Henwood and Kelvin Woodward. Henwood got off to a good start, with the score board at 11-5 at 11 ends. The next 6 ends saw the board at 16-10 in Henwood’s favour. The game was very nip and tuck from then on and shot changed end on end. After 22 ends Henwood was 19-13 up before 3 good ends from Woodward saw the beginning of a fightback to which Henwood squashed, picking up the next 2 ends to see him over the line 21-16. Ian Henwood was the first to successfully qualify in all 4 of the big competitions. Well done Ian.

The next game saw another Headington player, this time Nick Rae-Welsh who was up against West Witney’s David Leighfield. Leighfield held a slim lead for 15 ends with the score board at 12-11. 3 shots for Rae-Welsh across the following 2 ends see him take the lead for the first time, 14-12. 3 good ends from Leighfield saw him regain the lead, 16-14. The 23rd end saw the game at a draw again at 17 shots apiece. Back to back 2-shot pickups from Leighfield see him progress to next week’s semi-final and joins Ian Henwood to progress in all four competitions. Well Done David.

The final quarter final of the week was Carterton’s Stuart Richens against Banbury Borough’s A J Docherty. Richens started well scoring 13 shots to Docherty’s 3 at 12 ends. 7 shots to Docherty against Richens’ 2 over the following 4 ends to see the scoreboard at 15-10. Richens scored a single shot on the 17th end before a great comeback over the following 4 ends see AJ take the lead for the first time at 19-16 at 21 ends. The following 2 ends saw a shot go to both players to take AJ 20-17 up. Richens then played solid bowls to pick up 3 shots over the 3 ends to take the score to 20 shots apiece and a one end shootout. The shot bowl changed with almost every bowl but it was Richens who held onto to shot and was the last player to book his place in the semi-finals next week.

Thanks must be given to Kidlington Bowls Club for providing excellent green and services all night long. Big thanks to Pam Willoughby, Veta Bennett and Maureen Cox for providing excellent catering all night and to Jim and Sue Feeley and Chris Cox for keeping the competitors and spectators watered from the bar.

A big thank you to the markers for the evening for providing their services, they were Banbury Central’s Ian Whelpton, West Witney’s Andy McIntyre, Witney Mills’ Chris Weller and Banbury Borough’s Mick Morris.

The Quarter final fun bus has finished its duties and is now on stand down, ready for next Sundays Semi Finals which will be hosted at Banbury Chestnuts. Details of times of games will be published on Monday Evening.